God’s Creation, The Festival of Incarnation, the New Ark of the Covenant.

Christ-Child

 

I wanted to write a few more essays on the Christmas season, but atlas, the Festival of Incarnation is upon us. I created a mini-essay stressing some themes I wanted to share with everyone. I’ve cited all of the documents so I would certainly encourage anyone to go to those sources and explore these thoughts more thoroughly than this brief message.


 

God is revealed to man by the Bible, the Bible being a collection of information given to man by God. Many folks attempt to undermine God’s message by criticizing the manner in which God reveals himself with ‘intellectual’ conclusions of God reached by the human intellect.[1]

If one were to consider God’s revelation as a collection of information alone, they would certainly fail to understand the depth of the God’s revelation. The Bible, God’s revelation, is not a scientific monograph, which is the manner that atheist ask Christians to explain their beliefs.[2] Monographs do not reveal anything about the source (or author) individually; however, as described by Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, God describes that his intentions are out of love and understanding. God’s revelation through this lens approaches God in the correct philosophical depth of understanding, “ that human life was intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor, and with the earth itself. (But) According to the Bible, these three vital relationships have been broken, both outwardly and within us. The rupture is sin.”[3]

Pope St. John Paul II writes that God, “says that he is love and tells us how he is love…he tells us what he wants from us, but first and foremost he tells us what he wants for us…He says that he wants to draw each and every one of us into this love and involve us it.”[4]

St. Augustine informs the faithful in his Sermo 190, on the subject of Christmas, how God revealed his love to the world:

“Therefore, my dear Christians, this is the day we should celebrate! Not the divine nativity, but the human nativity! The day on which the Son of God contemporized Himself with us!…So that He could make the invisible visible! So that we could pass through from the visible to the invisible.”[5]

In Sermo 191, St. Augustine reminds us that God through his Son came to “save those who really weren’t worth the saving. Needless to say…ridding us of the Taint.”[6]

Christ redeems us from our sins by choosing Mary for his mother, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”[7] The Gospel of Luke as Edward Sri asserts, “highlights Jesus’ exalted status most profoundly by portraying his mother in ways that would recall the most sacred vessel in all of Israel: the ark of the covenant.”[8] The Ark of the Covenant was lost but through Mary, the mother of God, it has been renewed.

[1] Karol Wojtyla, The Way to Christ: Spiritual Exercises (New York: Harper One, 1994), 15.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Pope Francis, Praise Be To You: Laudato Si (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015), 50.

[4] Wojtyla, 16.

[5] Augustine of Hippo and William Griffin, Sermons of the People: Advent, Christmas, New Year’s, Epiphany (New York: Image Books Double Day), 92.

[6] Ibid, 98.

[7] Lk 1:38

[8] Edward Sri, Dawn of the Messiah: The Coming of Christ in Scripture (Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005), 44.

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